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Wood Deck Framing Regulations Get Tougher and More Expensive

A new treated wood industry standard requires “Ground Contact” rated lumber even for above-ground deck joists and beams.

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Wood Handbook

Construction Coaching – Wet Lumber

:: Nail Pops – Interior Trim Cracks – Bowed Stud Walls :: These conditions could have very little to do with the quality of the sub-contractors and more to do with how the builder stored his lumber during construction, the temp and moisture level present at the time the frame is being built and how […]

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Lending Tree

FHA 203K and the Alternatives

Your home is most likely the biggest purchase you’re going to make in your life. You want your home to not only be affordable and fit within your budget, but you also want it to be comfortable, functional and styled to your liking. If you find a home that’s in your desired location and within […]

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Basketball

You Have a Hole in Your Ceiling The Size of a Basketball

If the crack is in your ceiling hot air in the attic can draw/suck cold conditioned air out. It happens through a natural principle of science call convection.

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SEER Rating MAP

New 2015 SEER Rating on Air Conditioners

Well, DOE is at it again. As of January 1, 2015 A/C manufacturers are being asked to increase the efficiency to 14 SEER. However, if you live in certain climate zones your builder may not be required to install a higher efficiency systems. That’s because folks in colder climates don’t use an air conditioner as […]

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Air Conditioning and Heating Unit

The Return Air Chase – Misunderstood and Often Abused

Indoor air and it’s quality depend on the design of the interconnected parts of your home; somewhat like the knee bone is connected to the hip bone. Air quality can suffer when there are poor connections or no connections within the return air system.

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Gary Smith - Ridgeland MS Home Inspector

How to Maintain Your Tankless Water Heater – Annual Descale Flush

Nothing beats a nice clean cool drink of water. However, if you own a tankless water heater, you’ll want to keep the heat exchanger free of lime and scale. You should flush it annually. Here are some basic steps. The pump and hoses will cost less than $100.

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20 Things to Consider Beyond the Home Inspection

Now that we’ve given your place a thorough inspection let’s take the purchase decision a step further. Here are 20 things to consider when buying a home.   Home-Buying Checklist: 20 Things to Consider Beyond the Inspection Here are 20 things you should consider “after” you’re finished with the home inspection. Click To Tweet

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